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FYI Guy

Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

Topic: Census

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October 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM

As Seattle incomes soar, gap grows between rich and poor

It seems like an inevitable topic of conversations these days: When did Seattle become a city for rich people? We all know about the skyrocketing housing costs that are pricing some folks out of Seattle. But you’ve probably also noticed how all those new apartment buildings — the ones where studios rent for $1,600 — fill up with tenants…

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September 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Did Amazon’s growth widen the gender pay gap in Seattle?

We’ve got some good news, and some bad news. First the good news: Guys in Seattle are making bank. Data released last week by the Census Bureau show that the median earnings for Seattle men who work full-time increased by $7,000 between 2012 and 2013 — a 12 percent jump in just one year. That ranks as the heftiest rise in pay for men in any major U.S. city. And…

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September 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Census: Seattle saw steepest rent hike among major U.S. cities

Seattle apartment-dwellers: You thought your rent was high — well, you’re right. Data released Thursday by the Census Bureau rank Seattle — for the first time — among the 10 most-expensive cities for renters. To achieve that dubious honor, we had to claw our way past Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., on the list of high-priced places to live. So how’d we do…

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June 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Census: Influx of young guys reverses aging trend in county

King County is suddenly looking a little younger. And more male. For more than a decade, the county’s population — like the nation’s — has been steadily aging as the boomer generation edges toward its golden years. But Census Bureau data released today show a surprising reversal in King County between 2012 and 2013. Even as the U.S. median age…

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May 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Census: Seattle is the fastest-growing big city in the U.S.

  We’ve come a long way from the “Will the last person leaving Seattle –Turn out the lights” era of the 1970s. Last year, Seattle grew faster than any other major American city, according to population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. From July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, Seattle grew by 2.8 percent — the highest rate…

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March 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Census: King County booming, but some state counties dying off

You might call it a “tale of two states.” According to estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County enjoyed remarkable population growth for the year ending July 1, 2013, ranking among the top four large counties in the nation for both the rate at which it added new residents and for the…

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February 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle growing faster than suburbs, first time in 100 years

It only took 100 years. Census data show that for the first time since 1910, Seattle is growing faster than its King County suburbs. Nobody could have guessed, back in 1910, that suburban growth would soon outpace the city’s. At that point, Seattle’s population had exploded, nearly tripling over the previous 10 years. But since then, the…

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January 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Income inequality: How bad is Seattle?

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At her inauguration to the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant spoke of a divided Seattle — a city of “glittering fortunes” for corporations and the wealthy, but also a city in which the lives of the working poor and unemployed grow increasingly difficult.

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Volta, new luxury apartments in Belltown, stands in the shadow of the low-income housing project, Bell Tower. (Photo: Gene Balk/Seattle Times)

Sawant’s speech echoed the “tale of two cities” campaign theme of another newly-elected progressive politician — New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

While the magnitude of income inequality in New York — and especially Manhattan — is notoriously bad, you don’t hear nearly as much about it in Seattle.  So how do we compare?

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